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Girls Lacrosse: Post-Gazette Player of the Year - Fox Chapel's Megan McCrady

Written by Keith Barnes on .

Keith Barnes profiles Post-Gazette Player of the Year Megan McCrady of Fox Chapel.

Fox Chapel's Megan McCrady, a leader for the Foxes this season, was destined to play lacrosse, with both parents active in the sport in their younger years.(Photo: Fox Chapel's Megan McCrady, a leader for the Foxes this season, was destined to play lacrosse, with both parents active in the sport in their younger years. Pam Panchak/Post-Gazette)

"Megan McCrady was destined to play lacrosse.

"My dad played at Michigan State and my mom played in high school and both my parents have coached at the high school level for a long time," McCrady said. "It was kind of a given for us to play."

Though McCrady may have had a lacrosse stick in her hand almost from birth, it didn't guarantee success. But the end result couldn't have turned out any better for this Fox Chapel senior.

In her four years with the Foxes, she finished as the school's all-time record holder with 245 goals, 108 assists and 353 points. Despite being marked at all times, she capped off her stellar career by scoring 80 goals and chipping in 119 helpers as she led Fox Chapel to the WPIAL Class 3A title game and into the PIAA quarterfinals for the first time in school history." 

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Lacrosse: Plenty of experience returns for Fox Chapel

Written by Joe Koch on .

It's said that the only team happy at the end of a season is the team that wins its final game.

Fox Chapel's girls lacrosse team doesn't belong to that category. But the Foxes do have plenty of momentum to build upon heading into the 2018 season.

The Foxes reached the championship game of the WPIAL tournament where they fell to Pine-Richland, 12-11, in an overtime thriller. Despite the loss, Fox Chapel advanced to the PIAA Class 3A tournament. That's where the Foxes earned a heart-stopping 10-9 overtime victory over District 6 champion State College at Cumberland Valley High School in a driving rainstorm.

One of two qualifiers from the WPIAL, Fox Chapel was the only team from the WPIAL to advance beyond the first round as WPIAL champion Pine-Richland lost to District 3 runner-up Manheim Township, 16-9.

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Lacrosse: Fox Chapel reaches PIAA quarterfinals with hard-earned victory

Written by Joe Koch on .

As time wound down in Fox Chapel's first-round PIAA Class 3A tournament game with State College at Cumberland Valley, the shoe was on the other foot for the 21-1 Foxes.

Not quite a week earlier, Fox Chapel had led in the waning minutes of regulation before falling to Pine-Richland, 12-11, in overtime.

This past Tuesday -- in a driving rainstorm -- it was State College that held a 9-7 lead with 5:17 left in regulation. But Fox Chapel pressed on, and the Foxes got late regulation goals from Mikayla D'Cunha and Ali Wessel to force overtime, and Kate Goodwin sealed the deal in the extra frame with a free-position goal to give the Foxes a 10-9 victory over the District 6 champions and a berth in the second round.

Fox Chapel gave the Lady Little Lions the same medicine the Foxes had received when Pine-Richland rallied with two late goals to force overtime and then go on to win in the extra frame.

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Photo Journal: Girls Lacrosse WPIAL 3A Championship - Fox Chapel vs. Pine-Richland (May 25)

Written by Marilyn Schwilm on .

In the WPIAL 3A Girls Lacrosse Championship it was Fox Chapel vs. Pine-Richland.  This turned out to be the game of the day with an 11 all tie at the end of regulation play.  A goal by Caitlyn Byerly in overtime brought home the trophy for Pine-Richland.  Both teams will move on to the PIAA playoffs.

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Photos by Marilyn C. Schwilm, Tri-State Sports & News Service

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Lacrosse: Fox Chapel takes aim on PIAA tournament after OT loss

Written by Joe Koch on .

No team likes to see a successful run come to an end. But in the wake Fox Chapel's 12-11 overtime loss to Pine-Richland in the WPIAL 3A Girls Lacrosse Championship game at Robert Morris this past Thursday, the focus now turns to the PIAA Class 3A tournament that begins at 4 p.m. Tuesday against District 6 champion State College at Cumberland Valley High School.

Owners of an 11-9 lead with less than three minutes remaining in the second half of the title game with Pine-Richland, the 20-1 Foxes yielded two late goals in regulation before senior midfielder Caitlyn Byerly drilled a free-position goal with 23 seconds left in overtime for the game-winner.

"I think as a coach [you replay games]," said first-year coach Katie Lundberg. "We didn't execute what was asked of them and the certain plays that were called and the things that we wanted to do. Those things happen. It's a game. It didn't turn out like we wanted, but I'm proud of them."

The loss blunted a terrific effort by Georgetown recruit Meg McCrady, the game's leading scorer with five goals. Her effort didn't surprise Lundberg, especially after McCrady earned a draw-control win right after Pine-Richland scored her third goal of the game with 2:03 left in the second half. McCrady's win on the ensuing draw allowed the Foxes to run the clock down and attempt a game-winning shot that ultimately was unsuccessful.